Cultural Life: Caro Emerald, musician
Friday 13 January 2012
Music: I really love American singer-songwriter Lana Del Rey, but she only has a couple of songs out so I can't wait for the release of her new album, 'Born to Die'. It's all about her voice. For me, it's always the most important ingredient. I've also discovered Selah Sue, a soul/funk fusion singer-songwriter from Belgium. I just love her voice.
Books: I'm still not even halfway through 'Love in the Time of Cholera' by Gabriel García Márquez (below). I have the DVD but I promised myself I can only watch it once I've finished the book. I'm also reading 'Musicophilia' by Oliver Sacks. It's about how the brain works. There's a story about a guy who got struck by lightning and then became a very talented piano player. It's full of stories like this and the science behind them.
Films: My album was inspired by movies from the 50s and 60s. My favourite is 'Rear Window' with Grace Kelly. She is mesmerising. I also loved the French comedy 'Bienvenue chez les Ch'tis' ('Welcome to the Sticks'). A postman is punished by being made to live in northern France for two years. This film will cheer you up...
Television: There's a series on Dutch TV called 'Ik Vertrek' ('I'm Leaving'), which is a documentary about people who are relocating to a new place to start a fresh life. I guess everybody has that dream... I can relate to that. Another show I watch, 'The Voice of Holland', is a reality show from Holland. They don't show their faces and they audition behind a screen, so that they are only judged for their voices, rather than what they look like.
Caro Emerald's debut album, 'Deleted Scenes from the Cutting Room Floor', is out now. She tours the UK in March (www.caroemerald.com)
Glastonbury Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend will perform with Paul Weller as their warm-up act
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Katie Hopkins gives rare glimpse of sensitive side with heartfelt open letter to her children penned in case she dies from epilepsy
- 2 Rihanna's Met Gala dress took one Chinese woman 2 years to make, was reduced to omelette meme in 2 seconds
- 3 Top Gear: Jodie Kidd, Philip Glenister and Guy Martin 'in advanced talks' to replace Jeremy Clarkson and co
- 4 Women think Irish men are the sexiest, survey finds
- 5 Florida couple forced to register as sex offenders for having sex on public beach
Penny Dreadful, series 2 episode 1, review: It is still gloriously silly
Top Gear: Jodie Kidd, Philip Glenister and Guy Martin 'in advanced talks' to replace Jeremy Clarkson and co
Eurovision 2015: What date and time is the song contest and who are the favourites to win?
Indiana Jones sequel confirmed by Lucasfilm - but will Harrison Ford return to the franchise?
How the Other Half Eat, Channel 4 - TV review: Swapping food trolleys shows how food and class are closely connected
In defence of liberal democracy
General Election 2015: Post-election 'shambles' looms as 70 per cent of voters say SNP 'should not be able to veto UK government policies'
The Rothschild Libel: Why has it taken 200 years for an anti-Semitic slur that emerged from the Battle of Waterloo to be dismissed?
General Election 2015: UK will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power, Labour warns
General election live: SNP suspends two members for disrupting Labour rally
Schools forced to act as 'miniature welfare states' with teachers buying underwear and even haircuts for poor pupils